The income-tax department has started to reach out to certain taxpayers who have either not filed income-tax returns (ITR) or failed to accurately report high-value transactions in their returns. Objective of the e-campaign is to facilitate taxpayers to validate their financial transaction information against information available with the IT department and promote voluntary compliance, especially for the assessee for the FY 2018-19 (AY2019-20) so that they do not need to get into notice and scrutiny process. Department has started sending SMS & Emails to such taxpayers about e-campaign on High Value Transactions on Compliance Portal.
Launch of e-Campaign
The Income Tax Department has started an e-campaign on voluntary compliance of Income Tax for the convenience of taxpayers. The campaign ending on 30st September, 2020 focuses on the assessees/taxpayers who are either:-
1. Non-filers of Income Tax Return or
2. Have discrepancies/deficiency in their returns for the FY 2018-19.
SMS/Email from Income Tax on High Value Transaction under e-Campaign
Taxpayers have started receiving following SMS and Email:-
High Value Transactions e.g. Share Trading/Derivatives
“ Attention (XXXXX1111X), the Income Tax Department has identified high value information which does not appear to be in line with the Income Tax Return filed for Assessment Year 2019-20 (relating to FY 2018-19). Please submit online response under e-Campaign tab on Compliance Portal (CP). Access CP by logging into e-filing portal (My Account) – ITD “
“ We appreciate that you have filed your Income Tax Return and contributed towards the progress of Nation. However, the Income Tax Department has received information on high value transactions relating to (XXXXX1111X) for Financial Year 2018-19. On the basis of data analysis, the Income Tax Department has identified following high value information which does not appear to be in line with the Income Tax Return filed for Assessment Year 2019-20 (relating to FY 2018-19) “
High Value Cash Deposit
“ Dear GXXXXN SXXXH- Income Tax Department has received information about Cash Deposit of 10100000 relating to XXXXX0444X in FY 2018-19. However, as per records available, ITR for AY 2019-20 has not been filed. Please file your ITR by 30.09.2020. You can view transaction details and submit response under e-Campaign tab on Compliance Portal (CP). Access CP by logging into e-filing portal (My Account) – ITD “
What is the source of information for e-Campaign?
Under this e-campaign the Income Tax Department is sending email/sms to identified taxpayers to verify their financial transactions related information received by the I-T department from various sources such as Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT), Tax Deduction at Source (TDS), Tax Collection at Source (TCS), Foreign Remittances (Form 15CC) etc. The department has collected information related to GST, exports, imports and transactions in securities, derivatives, commodities and mutual funds under information triangulation set up.
What is Compliance Portal?
Compliance portal is the dedicated portal operationalized under Project Insight to enable e-verification (i.e. capture of response on specific compliance related issues in a structured manner) for effective compliance monitoring and evaluation. The Compliance portal also enables a seamless, secured two way structured communication to enhance the transparency and functional efficiency of the department.
How to login to Compliance Portal?
Step 1: Login to the e-filing portal by using the URL https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/
Step 2: Click on the ‘Compliance Portal’ link available in “My Account” or “Compliance” tab.
Step 3: The user will be redirected to the compliance Portal.
Functionalities under e-Campaign on Compliance Portal?
Under e-Campaign tab of Compliance Portal, information received from various sources related to the taxpayer is displayed for seeking feedback. The taxpayer is required to submit response on each information item to complete the process of submission of response. Following e- Campaign functionalities are available:
What is a Non-filing of return case?
A taxpayer who is having total income above the prescribed limit or fulfils any other condition mentioned in section 139 of the Income Tax Act 1961, is required to file return of income. Non-filers with potential tax liabilities are identified by analysing information received under Annual Information Return (AIR), Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT), Centralised Information Branch (CIB), TDS/TCS Statement, Securities Transaction Tax (STT) etc. and taxpayer profile.
How a Non-filing of return case is identified?
Non-filers with potential tax liabilities are identified by analysing information received under :-
√ Annual Information Return (AIR),
√ Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT),
√ Centralised Information Branch (CIB),
√ TDS/TCS Statement,
√ Securities Transaction Tax (STT) etc
Cases for e-verification are identified on the basis of scenarios and rules approved by the Central Board of Direct Taxes.
What is ‘Taxability of Transaction Relating to Sale of Immovable Property’?
In this response category, the taxpayer is required to give information about the taxability of amount relating to sale of immovable property. The taxpayer can enter relevant information in the following fields to arrive at Income/Gain/Loss with reference to such transaction.
a) Receipts related to above information
b) Stamp value at which property is registered
c) Value taken for computation of capital gains
d) Value relating to other year/PAN
e) Value covered in other information
What is ‘Source of Funds’?
In this response category, the taxpayer is required to indicate source of deposit/investment/expenditure. If amount is from more than one category, the source of amount may be assigned under various categories in the sequence mentioned below, (Adopting other sequence may result in case being selected for verification based on risk criteria)
a) Out of earlier income or savings
b) Out of receipts exempt from tax
c) Received from identifiable persons (with PAN)
d) Received from identifiable persons (without PAN)
e) Received from un-identifiable persons
What if I don’t Respond to Compliance Alert ?
Non/Wrong compliance with communication from Income Tax Department, may lead you to face Notice from income Tax Department regarding assessment/Penalty/Prosecution etc.
Response to reported Transaction
Under the e-campaign the taxpayers will be able to access details of their high value transaction related information on the designated portal. They will also be able to submit online response by selecting among any of these options:
(i) Information is correct,
(ii) Information is not fully correct,
(iii) Information related to other person/year,
(iv) Information is duplicate/included in other displayed information, and
(v) Information is denied.
There would be no need to visit any Income Tax office, as the response has to be submitted online.
How can taxpayer view the submitted response on each Information?
Step 1: Visit Compliance Portal at https://compliance.insight.gov.in or Login to the e-filing portal by using the URL https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and Click on ‘Compliance Portal’ link available in “My Account” or “Compliance” tab.
Step 2: After successful login, click on ‘e-Campaign’ Tab available at home page of Compliance Portal to view Information Summary screen.
Step 3: Click on “Financial Year” under Significant Transactions/Non- Filing of Return/High Risk Transactions option (Whichever is applicable).
Step 4: Click on ‘Financial Year’ available under ‘e-Campaign –Information Confirmation’. (Applicable for non-filing of return).
Step 5: Click on “>” button to view information detail.
Step 6: Click on “View Response” button under Information detail.
A Pop-up window will appear displaying the details of response submitted by the taxpayer.
Can I check information being reported, but don’t file response ?
Taxpayer’s every action is being watched & reported in the form of different icons against each information being reported on compliance portal.
In case you have not filed the ITR, then you may be required to file ITR.
In case you have filed ITR without certain incomes, then you may be required to file Revised ITR.
But both of them can be done, only if it is permissible within statutory due dates e.g. 30/09/2020 is due date for filing ITR of FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-2020).
Data-Sharing MOUs with various entities
After reading above article, you now must be thinking, how database of Income Tax is being built. CBDT is entering into various MOUs with SEBI, CBIC, MoMSME etc for exchange of information. Text of Press Release can be read from following links-
Press Release MoU between CBDT and MoMSME
Press Release MoU between CBDT and CBIC
Memorandum of Understanding between CBDT and SEBI
Further , CBDT has launched new Form 26AS to enable taxpayer to view information available with Tax Department, as per following Press Release-
Last date for filing as well as revising the ITR for AY2019-20 is 30th September, 2020. The taxpayer must avail the opportunity to participate in the e-campaign for their own ease and benefit.
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